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Selects drop heartbreaker to host Revelstoke at Little Bear Tourney

 The Nelson Selects came out on the short end of a 3-2 score in the U12 Girl’s bronze medal game of the 13th annual Little Bear Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Revelstoke.

Nelson lost to the host Revelstoke squad by the single goal in the medal round.

The tournament was the first time this season the Selects played in an eight-vs-eight event. Normally the squad plays 11-a-side so the players needed to adjust to net size and different positions.

Still the squad, led by the offensive showing of Emily Graeme, Amy Hodgson, Emma Wheeldon and Laurel Halleran, played well against much older teams.

Nelson finished the tournament with 1-2-1 record, with the highlight of the weekend coming against Canmore Blacks. The Selects scored a 1-1 draw against the silver medal winners from Alberta.

Nelson defeated Canmore Reds before losing to Kootenay South 3-1.

Graeme paced the Selects attack with four goals while Hodgson added a pair.

Wheeldon and Halleran each scored singles.

Emma Gregorich was solid between the pipes all weekend for the Selects.

The Revelstoke tournament is the final Rep event of the season.

However, the future looks bright for this team — which plays three 10-year-olds on the field — as most of the squad is back for another season.